Books to make you laugh

We need an escape from the bad news out there, so today I’m sharing some books I thought were very funny!


Have a Nice Day by Billy Crystal and Quinton Peeples

Have a Nice Day is a play, but this version is a live script-reading in New York from 2018. In addition to the headliners, the cast is full of stars, including Rachel Dratch and Darrell Hammond. Funny and moving, with a feel-good finish, it’s a quick listen and is currently available on Amazon Audible.


Joy in the Morning  from Just Enough Jeeves and My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Pure entertainment and a great escape into the frivolous upper crust world of a lovable good chap who gets himself into the wildest predicaments. As in all of Wodehouse’s books, everyone counts on the ever-wise Jeeves for a solution and he does not disappoint.


Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Arthur Less is turning 50 and he’s at the edge of a crisis: his writing career has stalled and his former younger lover, Freddy Pelu, is getting married. To guarantee he’ll be out of the country on the day of the wedding, Less accepts a string of unusual writerly engagements that take him around the world. His goal? Forget Freddy and rework the novel his publisher has taken a pass on.


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Great story about being different and making it anyway. Through a rambling, often irreverent and always hilarious “where is this story going?” narration, with plenty of colorful vocabulary, Lawson tells you about her childhood, depression, anxiety and illness, her family, early jobs, marriage, motherhood and how she became a blogger and writer.


I also found a list from npr.org of 100 funny books. Some of these are on their list too and you can check out the rest in this linked article:  August 20, 2019 article: “We Did It For The LOLs: 100 Favorite Funny Books” by Petra Mayer

What funny books do you recommend?

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32 thoughts on “Books to make you laugh

  1. I haven’t read any of these books (which is unusual, since you and I share tastes and books-read many times). Perhaps I don’t read funny books! ;-0 I need one – or all – of these.

    1. Haha – I know that’s so true – what has happened here? I’m sure you read funny books, Pam. Before I wrote this post, though, I wasn’t sure I’d read any funny books, until I did a search. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

    1. You’re so right, Berthold. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing my P.G. Wodhouse post on Twitter! I remembered later that I’d seen you were a Wodehouse fan. Hope you are doing well 🙂

  2. These I need. I used to read Erma Bombeck’s books to tickle my funny bone. One I remember especially was “Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy!” Cornball, but fun.

    Norah Ephron is also a favorite. Known for her screenplays, You’ve God Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, she also wrote hilarious fiction including I Feel Bad About My Neck.

    Thanks for the list, including the one from NPR! 😀

  3. Wonderful topic! Another Audible original that really made me laugh is Heads Will Roll, starring Kate McKinnon. It’s so silly, and so much fun.We definitely need more happy reads right now!

  4. Yay Jeeves! About a week ago I went onto my library’s Overdrive and filtered by Fiction, then Humor and added about thirty titles to my wish list. I’m currently listening to Kill the Farm Boy which is filled with potty humor and silly characters….just what I needed. But I completely forgot about Jeeves. Time to add to the list :))

    1. Hi Tammie. Yes, P.G. Wodehouse is so funny. I remember reading it for college and being on the subway laughing out loud (before LOL was a thing). I laugh every time read about Jeeves and Bertie. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. I love a good chuckle and remember enjoying Wodehouse books back in the day. It’s a genre I respect as humor is so difficult to pull off. I try to keep an upbeat tone in my writing and making that unexpected punchline work takes a lot of thought.
    I’m not familiar with the others on your list, but I can heartily recommend the classic A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It should be on every funny list (except for people from New Orleans, apparently, as that’s where it takes place).

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